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        David Murray Power Quartet: Like a Kiss That Never Ends

It’s a little tiring when critics praise those living, breathing parts of the product they’re touting - movies, plays, music, and the like

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31 Dec 1994 // 11:03 PM

	Maquiladora: White Sands

Anyone who has visited White Sands can’t help marveling at the sparse, still beauty of the place. On Maquiladora’s album named after that

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31 Dec 1994 // 11:03 PM

        Mahavishnu Orchestra: Birds of Fire

After appearing on Miles Davis’ landmark opus Bitches Brew, the 30-year-old British-born guitar wizard known as Mahavishnu John McLaughlin birthed his own band and christened

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	My Favorite, Love at Absolute Zero

How do you sound retro and contemporary at the same time? Ask My Favorite because they’ve pulled off a minor coup in co-opting the

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31 Dec 1994 // 11:03 PM

Mathlete’s Telstar Parthenon. Dear God, what a willfully frustrating recording. When I was in high school in the late ‘80s, one of the counselors

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31 Dec 1994 // 11:03 PM

	Marshmallow Coast: Seniors and Juniors

I’m sick of the Elephant 6 retro-pop collective. Sure, they have their share of transcendent bands, of which Neutral Milk Hotel and Apples In Stereo

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31 Dec 1994 // 11:03 PM

	Pat Metheny: Trio 99-00

The latest from Pat Metheny, Trio 99-00, smokes through a few great post-bop jazz tunes, before hitting the wall that is repetition and typicality. Then

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31 Dec 1994 // 11:03 PM

Marine Research, Sounds From the Gulf Stream

Sounds From the Gulf Stream is this year’s pure pop gem, and maybe last year’s too. Can 13-year independent pop veterans make a credible record about staying young? “Yes, Yes, Yes”!

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31 Dec 1994 // 11:03 PM

        Rob McConnell Tentet: self-titled

The press release for this album has it that trombonist Rob McConnell is “One of the world’s most recognized composers and arrangers for large

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31 Dec 1994 // 11:03 PM

	Lucy Mongrel: self-titled

On the surface, Lucy Mongrel has created a fun combination of world beats, classic country, heartfelt folk, and electric guitars. It sounds like little else,

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	The Master Musicians of Jajouka featuring Bachir Attar with Talvin Singh: Master Musicians of Jajou

The Master Musicians of Jajouka are amazing. Players of double-headed drums and various traditional wind and string instruments are born into this ancient Moroccan troupe

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31 Dec 1994 // 11:03 PM

        Minus: Jesus Christ Bobby

Is Minus even making music? On Jesus Christ Bobby, vocals are screamed over a cacophony of guitar feedback, drums that are pounded rather than played,

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        Bob Marley and the Wailers: Babylon by Bus / Confrontation

“Any interpretation of the significance of Rastafari must begin with the understanding that it is a conscious attempt by the African soul to free itself

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31 Dec 1994 // 11:03 PM

	mister nobu: c’mon wid your c’mon

Retro is back baby! And this does not just apply to the latest disco-infused dance song or samples from TV shows of yesteryear that are

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	The Mayflies USA, Summertown

For true pop fans, the mere mention of Chris Stamey’s name in reference to a record ensures a stamp of credibility and quality. So

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31 Dec 1994 // 11:03 PM

	Gary Myrick: Waltz of the Scarecrow King

In the summer of 1992, T-Bone Burnett released a quiet, thoughtful yet provocative album called Criminal Under My Own Hat that featured acoustic guitar with occasional

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31 Dec 1994 // 11:03 PM

	Matchbox 20: Mad Season

When I first heard Matchbox 20, a couple of years ago, my first reaction was “Man, those guys sound too much like Live.” They did, however,

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Bill Monroe, Live From Mountain Stage

Bill Monroe is one of those rare figures in the history of music credited with inventing a genre.

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31 Dec 1994 // 11:03 PM

        Maggie, Pierce & E.J.: For

There is something so effortless about what Maggie, Pierce & E.J. do as a band. Truly eclectic in sound, they seem to have a

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31 Dec 1994 // 11:03 PM

	George Martin, In My Life

As a long-time Beatlemanic, I had high hopes for this one. In My Life is famed Beatles producer George Martin’s last musical work and

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